The Father of Video Games – Ralph H. Baer 1 Look at the pictures at the beginning of the article.

How do you think they are connected? When were they invented? Discuss the answer with a partner. Now read ‘The Father of Video Games’ and see if you were right. 2 Read the article again and write a sentence about what happened next to each year : 1922 _____________________________________________________ 1933 _____________________________________________________ 1940 _____________________________________________________ 1943 _____________________________________________________ 1949 _____________________________________________________ 1951 _____________________________________________________ 1952 _____________________________________________________ 1956 _____________________________________________________ 1972 _____________________________________________________ 1975 _____________________________________________________ 1987 _____________________________________________________

3 Ask your partner these questions: Were you surprised at any of the answers? Have you used any of these inventions? 4 Circle the verbs. Are they regular or irregular?

The Father of Video Games – Ralph H. Baer 5 Now listen to your teacher explain the rules for pronouncing the –ed at the end of regular verbs in the past. Write some examples in each column /t/ /f/ /k/ /ʧ/ /p/ /ɵ/ /s/ /b/ /v/ /d/ /g/ /z/ /l/ /n/ /d/ /Id/ /t/


6 Now look at your sentences from exercise 2 on the previous page. Copy the regular verbs into the correct categories. 7 Test your partner. 8 Can you think of any more regular verbs to go into the table?

Teacher’s notes The Father of Video Games – Ralph H. Baer 1 Show learners the pictures from the beginning of the article. Either print a copy of the pictures or present the images in a connected classroom. They then discuss what they have in common and when they were invented. Learners then check their predictions by reading the text. 2 Learners then find the years in the text. Some they will have to work out from references (remember Ralph was born in 1922) such as “when he was 22”, or “three years later”, etc 3 Learners ask each other the personalization questions. 4 Learners then identify which are the regular and irregular verbs from exercise 2. 5 Explain the table. That /t/, /d/ and /Id/ are the three ways that –ed on the end of regular verbs can be pronounced. The letters in each column are the last sounds of the infinitive of regular verbs. Verbally elicit an example for each e.g. /t/ laugh /f/ drop /p/ watch /ʧ/ like /k/ pass /s/ breath /ɵ/ grab /b/ call /l/ wave /v/ /d/ jog /g/ listen /n/ raise /z/ land /d/ /Id/ paint /t/

play /i:/ a vowel

6 Learners write the verbs fro exercise 2 into the columns. Feedback by eliciting the infinitive, the past –ed form, and which column (1st, 2nd, 3rd or /t/, /d/, /Id/) 7 Learners test each other in pairs. One says the infinitive and the other says a sentence using that verb in the past. Start “yesterday . . . “ 8 Ask learners to write 4 or 5 more regular verbs in each column

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